Eusebio Sacristan, Real Sociedad’s head coach has stated he would turn down the chance to manage Barcelona, if he is approached by the club.
The former Barcelona B coach believes he didn’t get enough recognition during the four years he spent as part of the coaching staff.
Eusebio is among the favourites to replace Luis Enrique at Barcelona when he leaves at the end of the season, but Sacristan will like to repay Real Sociedad for the faith they showed in him by staying put.
Asked about the reported Barca interest, he told AS: “I don’t want to waste even a second on that. Really. It’s clear for me.
“I can understand that a player might have some doubts – everyone likes them. And I’m not saying that I don’t like being thought of as a future coach of a great club – it means that my work is being noticed.
“It’s flattering for me, but it’s not fulfilling for me. What fulfils me is to have a great season with Real.
“The fact that it’s happening [the rumours] is thanks to the club, to Real, who noticed me and took a chance on me after four years on the Barca coaching staff. Barca, when I was within their organisation, never noticed me. And that’s what I would have liked.
“Now, I owe my loyalty to Real, who believed in me and give me support.”
When asked if it remains a dream to take the top job at Camp Nou, he continued: “Not right now. My goal as a coach is the same as when I was a player: to have a long career.
“I don’t know where the future will take me, nor what motivations I will have. Everything I’m looking for I have right now with Real, and I want to keep that going for as long as possible.
“I can assure you [I would say no]. I’m telling you now, and I’ll tell you again when they call me.
“People don’t seem to believe me. I say it with 100 per cent conviction.”
Athletic Bilbao’s Ernesto Valverde and Juan Carlos Unzue, assistant coach to Luis Enrique, are among the favourites to take charge at Barca for next season.